Deb Matthews' Profile

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I'm a 40-something SAHM whose babies have flown the coop and made me a grandmother. Now that I have time on my hands (hah!), I need to make extra money to pay off those college loans. And spoil the grandkids. :D

I live in a small (very small) community in Michigan's Beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (not in the mitten). Even though we live somewhat inland, I'm only a mile or two from Lake Superior, so we get spectacular weather year-round (if you don't mind 250" annual snowfall). I live with my husband of 27 years, two cats (Pandora and Agatha) and a massively large puppy named Jaeger (he wasn't supposed to get this big! Oops.).

We also share our neighborhood with a lot of wildlife, including deer, skunks, coyotes, foxes, ravens, hawks, eagles, the occasional moose and the black bear that lives in the woods…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 10
  • Joined March 6, 2007

Favorite materials

fabrics, yarns, wool for spinning, beads, acrylic paints, pencil and pen and ink drawings, watercolour painting, polymer clay and paperclay

About

I'm a 40-something SAHM whose babies have flown the coop and made me a grandmother. Now that I have time on my hands (hah!), I need to make extra money to pay off those college loans. And spoil the grandkids. :D

I live in a small (very small) community in Michigan's Beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (not in the mitten). Even though we live somewhat inland, I'm only a mile or two from Lake Superior, so we get spectacular weather year-round (if you don't mind 250" annual snowfall). I live with my husband of 27 years, two cats (Pandora and Agatha) and a massively large puppy named Jaeger (he wasn't supposed to get this big! Oops.).

We also share our neighborhood with a lot of wildlife, including deer, skunks, coyotes, foxes, ravens, hawks, eagles, the occasional moose and the black bear that lives in the woods out back behind my house. There is an elusive cougar back there as well, but the DNR assures us that cougars are extinct in Michigan. :D

I love making all kinds of things, mostly from fabric, but I also enjoy sculpting in clay, beadwork, pen and ink drawings, watercolour paintings, spinning wool into yarn and making extravagant costumes for Harry Potter conventions and Halloween. Carpal tunnel and DeQuervain's have seriously restricted my ability to do a lot of my favourite hobbies, but spinning yarn doesn't hurt my hands at this point, so that's what i"ll be doing for a while.

For now, I'm spending quality time with the spinning wheel. Hubby has put his foot down and told me I can't buy any more yarn until I do something with the stash I have. So apparently, this means I need to spin more yarn! (well, and the 5 large laundry bags of wool sitting in the hallway upstairs might have something to do with it)

I took a liking to spinning many, many years ago, and a few years ago I was able to buy my own spinning wheel! Okay, it came in a box of parts and was in dire need of TLC, but my grandfather made sure all us kids knew our way around a woodshop! Within a few weeks I had an operating spinning wheel and I've been a happy camper every since!

I bought wool right off the sheep and using my old Scouting memories, spent the better part of the summer washing wool, by hand, in my kitchen sinks (I have a double sink: one to wash and the other to rinse!). Then all the wool was set out to dry in a small army of laundry baskets in the sun. However, there was a small problem. My neighbors have stories to tell about me chasing squirrels down the street that made off with mouthfuls of wool. Pimping their nests, I tell you!

Never a dull moment up here. :D

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